The Infinities

The Infinities

Book - 2010
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In his first novel since the Booker Prize-winning THE SEA, Banville gives readers a dazzling new book that chronicles both a human family and a rather unholy gathering of immortals. On a midsummer's day Old Adam Godley, a renowned theoretical mathematician, is dying. His family gathers at his bedside. As Adam's time on earth starts to run out, unearthly beings - Zeus, Hermes, Pan - start to stir up trouble, to sometimes unintended effect. This departure from Banville's last book is blissfully inventive and playful, rich in psychological insight and sensual detail.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010, c2009
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780307272799
0307272796
Branch Call Number: BAN
Characteristics: 273 p. ; 22 cm

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srd10
Sep 09, 2019

This book is so well-written, so amazingly conceived, so remarkable in its structure, that it was very rewarding. What a day the people of the book had...and comforting to know that the gods are always present.

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shapjul
Sep 11, 2010

I enjoyed this book, which is much more about character and writing than it is about action. There were touches that bothered me (why does this need to be in an age where there is cold fusion?) but for the most part, I read it eagerly, if at a leisurely pace. I wouldn't say it would be a good travel book--it's not engrossing that way. But for a few pages before bed, unlikely to keep you awake, I'd recommend it.

A truly trivial point: Both library journal and the book jacket have it wrong, I think. Ursula is not a step-mother. Someone here (it could be me?) didn't read carefully enough.

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